|4-5lb blue catfish at LaSalle Lake.|
Chunsum also got in on the act with a blue catfish.
|Not sure if Jimmy Houston would even try this!|
|Fish candy: The threadfin shad.|
Unfortunately by the time I netted these shad the bite had pretty much died and after a few more hours with nothing much to show on our fresh shad baits we decided to call it a day.
The key for catching the blue catfish for me today was long casts. I only caught one blue catfish on my baitcaster setup even though I had the same bottom rig as my spinning rod. The only difference was that I could cast my spinning rod about 30ft further out than my baitcasting rod. I'm not sure if there was a big depth change between the two distances that made a difference for where the blue catfish were holding but my spinning rod was certainly getting a lot more action than my baitcaster rod on this day. The catfishing rig I used today was a bottom float rig commonly called the Santee Rig. A great explanation of this rig and why it is so effective on blue catfish can be found on the learntocatchcatfish website. For my setup today I used a 1oz disc sinker, 2" slip float, and 3/0 team catfish double action circle hook.
LaSalle Lake will get a break from fishermen for the next 5 months but you can bet I'll be back in March for Hybrid and Blue Cat action!
Fish Caught: Blue catfish - 6
Drum - 1
Successful Baits: Cut shad and cut green sunfish(Santee Rig).
Weather: Sunny, NW winds 10mph, low 40's warming to low 60's.
Water Temp: 78.5